Sorcerer - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G3097, magos ]

(a) one of a median caste, a magician:" See WISE;
(b) "a wizard, sorcerer, a pretender to magic powers, a professor of the arts of witchcraft," Acts 13:6, Acts 13:8, where Bar-Jesus was the Jewish name, Elymas, an Arabic word meaning "wise." Hence the name Magus, "the magician," originally applied to Persian priests. In the Sept., only in Daniel 2:2, Daniel 2:10, of the "enchanters," RV (AV, "astrologers"), of Babylon. The superior Greek version of Daniel by Theodotion has it also at Daniel 1:20; Daniel 2:27; Daniel 4:7; Daniel 5:7, Daniel 5:11, Daniel 5:15.

[ 2,,G5333, pharmakos ]
an adjective signifying "devoted to magical arts," is used as a noun, "a sorcerer," especially one who uses drugs, potions, spells, enchantments, Revelation 21:8, in the best texts (some have pharmakeus), and Revelation 22:15.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words